Accompanied by her friend Laura Gallop, Laura Kirk reads an entry from her teenage diary every week. The podcast delivers on this great concept and then some. The premise, together with the show’s hosts, makes for a hilarious nostalgia trip which is often tinged with pathos. It is essentially a coming of age John Hughes movie in podcast form, a delightful listen.
Hip Hop Saved My Life With Romesh Ranganathan
British comedian Romesh Ranganathan hosts this weekly discussion of Hip Hop music. The show blends comedy and rap, featuring guests from both industries. The episodes are well produced including clips of the songs as they discuss them, a pleasing piece of weekly audio.
The Blindboy Podcast
Blindboy, one half of comedy rap group the Rubberbandits, is producing his own podcast. The lyrical genius brings us philosophical and humorous chat over relaxing piano music. The Blindboy Podcast is both soothing and mentally stimulating.
The Adam Buxton Podcast
This interview based podcast is shockingly underrated. Buxton was of course part of a beloved radio comedy duo: Adam and Joe. Cornish appears from time to time but this is very much a solo outfit. Buxton delivers high quality content, interviewing a range of guests from comedian friends to acclaimed movie directors.
Regardless of the interviewee’s creditentials, Buxton’s charm disarms. He can get anyone to open up. This makes for though provoking, informative; hilarious and moving listening.
Out Now With Aaron and Abe
This show approaches film discussion with an energetic attitude. The boys review movies as they hit cinemas. However, the show has been running for years so there is a rich back catalogue of reviews. I suggest you rifle through.
Adam Catterall and Nick Peet host this weekly combat sports show. The pair also appear on TalkSport’s Fight Night show. However, they have free rein here to express their uncensored opinions.
Four Finger Discount
This podcast is essential listening for any fan of ‘The Simpsons’. Dando and Mitch review an episode of the iconic animated comedy show each week. You get a real sense of nostalgia and the feeling of discussing your favourite episodes with friends.
This podcast is the definition of easy listening. Each episode breaks down one of the Studio Ghibli animated movies. The audibly soothing reviews discuss the finer details of Ghibli’s movies, accompanied by a beautiful soundtrack.
A Twin Peaks Podcast: A Podcast About Twin Peaks
Entertainment Weekly are the provider for this podcast but it does not feel corporate in the least. Jeff Jensen and Darren Franich breakdown episodes of Twin Peaks in a fascinating way, you really get the feeling that it is a labour of love for them.
The show is a pick-me-up slice of cherry pie, perfectly capturing the essence of Twin Peaks. It even features Angelo Badalamenti’s iconic score. Their analysis will elevate your understanding of Lynch’s work and cineliteracy in general. Although their episodes are now few and far between, I urge you to dip into the back catalogue.
School of Movies
Formerly known as Digital Drift, this podcast offers insightful analysis on all forms of entertainment. The roundtable of guests always offer insightful and entertaining discussion. The podcast’s leader, Alex Shaw has been providing creative podcast content for years now. Hopefully he will soon get the recognition he deserves.